Francis Aveling

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Francis Arthur Powell Aveling
Born (1875-12-25)25 December 1875[1]
St. Catharines, Ontario
Died 6 March 1941(1941-03-06) (aged 65)
Occupation psychologist
Spouse(s) Ethel Dancy[1]

Francis Arthur Powell Aveling DD D.Sc PhD DLit MC[1][2] ComC[3][4] (25 December 1875 – 6 March 1941) was a Canadian psychologist and Roman Catholic priest.[1] He married Ethel Dancy of Steyning, Sussex in 1925.[1][4]


Aveling went to Bishop Ridley College in Ontario, before studying at McGill University in Quebec, Keble College at Oxford University, England, and the Canadian College Rome (Pontificio Collegio Canadese).[5] There he earned his doctor of divinity degree.[1][4] In 1910, Aveling obtained a doctor of philosophy degree at the age of 35 years from the University of Louvain (his advisor was Michotte), and in 1912 he was recipient of a doctor of science degree from the University of London, and received the Carpenter Medal following his work On the Consciousness of the Universal and the Individual: A Contribution to the Phenomenology of the Thought Process.[1][4] Subsequently, Aveling received his doctor of letters degree from the University of London.[1]


Aveling taught at University College, London from 1912 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor), under the leadership of Charles Spearman, until the First World War.[4] During that war he served in France as a chaplain in the British Army, after which he returned to the University of London.[1] In 1922, he transferred to King's College, London where he was promoted to reader (associate professor), and later to professor of psychology.[4] Aveling authored several books.[6] He was the doctoral advisor of Raymond Cattell[7] From 1926 until 1929, Aveling was also a president of the British Psychological Society.[1][8] Aveling was a member of the Council of the International Congresses, of the Aristotelian Society, of the council and advisory board of the National Institute of Industrial Psychology, of the council of the British Institute of Philosophical Studies and of the Child Guidance Council.[citation needed]

Selected publications[edit]


  • The Immortality of the Soul (1905).
  • Science and Faith (1906).
  • The God of Philosophy (1906).
  • On the Consciousness of the Universal and the Individual (1912).
  • Personality and Will. (1931).


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Raymond B. Cattell (October 1941). "Francis Aveling: 1875-1941". American Journal of Psychology. 54 (4): 608–610. JSTOR 1417217. 
  2. ^ "London Gazette". 3 June 1918. pp. 6462–6463. 
  3. ^ "London Gazette". 7 October 1919. pp. 12414–12415. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Obituary Notice Francis Aveling 1875-1941". British Journal of Psychology. 32 (1): 1–4. July 1941. doi:10.1111/j.2044-8295.1941.tb01005.x. 
  5. ^ Roman Colleges. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  6. ^ Bredin. H. (2005) Aveling, Francis Arthur Powell (1875-1941). In S. Brown (Ed.), Dictionary of Twentieth Century British Philosophers (pp. 40-41). Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Continuum. ISBN 1 84371 096X
  7. ^ Sheehy, N. (2004). Fifty Key Thinkers in Psychology (p.61). London: Routledge. ISBN 0-203-44765-4; ISBN 0-203-75589-8; ISBN 0-415-16774-4; ISBN 0-415-16775-2.
  8. ^ "Presidents of the British Psychological Society". History of Psychology Centre. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 

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